WSL PRESS RELEASE
BELLS BEACH, Victoria/AUS (Tuesday, April 3, 2018) – The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Stop No. 2 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), will continue today at 6:45 a.m. AEDT with the remaining heats of men’s Round 3, followed by men’s Round 4 at Bells Beach. The women’s Quarterfinals will be on standby for a possible start later in the day.
“We will finish men’s Round 3 starting at 6:45 a.m. local time,” said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. “We have good conditions out at Bells right now and will get started early. We will finish the elimination Round 3 for the men and then get straight into Round 4, running 30-minute heats. The women’s Quarterfinals are on standby to potentially get underway today.”
The opening heat of the day sees current two-time WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) take on compatriot and Bells standout Ezekiel Lau (HAW).
Heat 10 of Round 3 will witness the head-to-head Brazilian battle between Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA), in what is sure to be one of the most exciting matchups of the day.
2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) will match-up with 2018 CT Rookie Willian Cardoso (BRA) in the last heat of Round 3.
Surfline, WSL forecast partner, is calling for:
A larger pulse of reinforcing SW swell moves in for Tuesday (biggest early) with well overhead sets, and morning conditions are looking good with offshore wind. Another sizable SW swell will move in Wednesday into Thursday to keep surf elevated with overhead sets, then a slow easing trend ensues Friday through the weekend. For the most part, conditions through the rest of the event window are looking pretty good, at least for the mornings.
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Remaining Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 7: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)
Heat 9: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Conner Coffin (USA)
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 11: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 12: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
QF 2: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
QF 3: Caroline Marks (USA) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
QF 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.